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Cost of Living in Cebu

Summary about cost of living in Cebu:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 150.00 ₱ 100.00-263.93
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 800.00 ₱ 538.94-1,200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 185.00 ₱ 100.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 50.00 ₱ 45.00-75.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 100.00 ₱ 80.00-150.00
Cappuccino (regular) 113.21 ₱ 80.00-150.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 23.54 ₱ 13.00-39.59
Water (12 oz small bottle) 15.74 ₱ 10.00-25.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 291.48 ₱ 264.98-321.76
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 53.83 ₱ 34.47-72.57
Rice (white), (1 lb) 24.29 ₱ 20.87-27.22
Eggs (regular) (12) 74.25 ₱ 60.00-80.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 249.48 ₱ 45.36-453.59
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 99.40 ₱ 54.43-117.93
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 117.66 ₱ 90.72-172.37
Apples (1 lb) 48.53 ₱ 22.68-90.72
Banana (1 lb) 25.04 ₱ 20.87-31.75
Oranges (1 lb) 56.13 ₱ 27.22-72.57
Tomato (1 lb) 20.41 ₱ 15.88-27.22
Potato (1 lb) 38.44 ₱ 27.22-45.36
Onion (1 lb) 27.22 ₱ 18.14-36.29
Lettuce (1 head) 50.00 ₱ 40.00-100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 27.00 ₱ 25.00-30.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 450.00 ₱ 350.00-500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 39.41 ₱ 32.89-60.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 83.33 ₱ 40.00-120.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 79.38 ₱ 65.00-85.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 7.00 ₱ 7.00-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 840.00 ₱ 240.00-1,500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 40.00 ₱ 40.00-40.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 21.73 ₱ 18.76-22.53
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 120.00 ₱ 105.00-150.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 180.75 ₱ 158.99-211.98
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,350,000.00 ₱ 1,350,000.00-2,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,109,666.67 ₱ 700,000.00-1,320,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 4,954.58 ₱ 3,000.00-10,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 7.50 ₱ 5.00-17.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,303.67 ₱ 1,799.00-3,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,956.25 ₱ 1,000.00-3,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 216.67 ₱ 120.00-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 220.00 ₱ 200.00-250.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 20,000.00 ₱ 3,000.00-20,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child ?
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,322.22 ₱ 1,900.00-3,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,133.33 ₱ 400.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 3,722.22 ₱ 2,000.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,125.00 ₱ 2,500.00-4,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 22,250.00 ₱ 12,000.00-32,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 11,729.17 ₱ 8,000.00-18,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 33,710.00 ₱ 20,000.00-50,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 20,464.93 ₱ 12,000.00-40,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 8,303.14 ₱ 5,109.62-11,612.78
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,537.57 ₱ 4,645.11-7,999.93
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 15,200.00 ₱
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.67 7.00-13.00

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Last update: December 2018
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49 Comments so far

#SL on Nov 06, 2018 :
I live in Chicago but have a house in the province about a half hour out of Cebu city. It is very reasonable to live in the Philippines. Its less than half of what it costs in Chicago Il USA. This is the place to retire if you have retirement income. The Filipino people are wonderful. The food is incredible. And the islands are an absolute paradise.
#Biro Pen on Oct 22, 2018 :
That's what I'm saying. The Philippines is a 3rd world asylum with 1st world pricing. I don't wish this experience on my worst enemy. Look before you leap.
#Anonymous on Sep 23, 2018 :
These prices are higher than where I live in Columbia South Carolina , examples - 1 gallon of milk here in Wal mart us 1.65 or pecos about 80 pecos (50 p = 1 dollar ) gasoline 2.58 dollars (( about 130 pecos ) based on 50 pesos = 1 US dollar
#Edward S Mcintyre on Jul 26, 2018 :
I was in cebu may 2018 had a wonderful time stayed at Mandarin in cebu for a week
I stayed in Bohol for a few days ,I must say I'm impressed and was treated great by all I've met never met any people more friendly and hospitable
I will go again and retire there in a few years
#thommo on May 23, 2018 :
For countries with huge economic divides between the wealthy and the poor, like the Philippines, (there is no middle class) this site really needs a descriptor to show what sort of residence the data being entered is applicable to. We cannot have a comparison of Cebu cost of living vs say; Manila, when most of the cebu entries will be from foreigners living in cebu paying for foreigner sized houses, when the Manila data is probably more influenced by the local filipino consituents.
for example, people here talking abotu having 3 aircons running all day. Not everyone needs that, and an aircon is a huge user of power, so the data can be significantly skewed.
#Mickey Riwan on May 15, 2018 :
Really no point in living in Cebu as a single guy. Locals don't want you there bc of rampant sex tourism, nightlife is going down the drain, girls are ugly and have adopted this fake western attitude. Just an all around shitty environment. So many better places to choose compared to this dump.

People are too proud of this shitty city, very arrogant while at the same time being resentful of westerners. Crappy food, uninspiring local culture.The on ly thing worth coming here for has taken a sharp nosedive.
#Joseph B on Apr 28, 2018 :
Reading about the Philippines is confusing. I’m was thinking on retiring to Asia & the visa is so easy there. Thailand would be my other choice like Ipoh a lot. Tagaytay in the Philippines l like as well plus the water and visiting other islands. I’m 63 in excellent health so being by medical is not high priority. Just looking for a nice quiet place to enjoy keeping expenses down. So many articles on how great & safe the places is and then I see many saying the opposite. I don’t read as much of a difference in the other countries & it’s amazing the difference in opinions when reading about the Philippines. I avoid the PR stuff so I’m referring to the forums & blogs to some degree. Some evenings I’m sold on the Philippines & sometimes I’m asking myself why would I. Obviously folks I know I need to spend time there before deciding anything & I’m thinking why even do that at times. So many good written articles both good & bad opinions from people in my age bracket that I take notice of. I do appreciate those so keep people like me informed. Everyone have a safe & pleasant day no matter where you are. I’ll be thankful for any positive feedback on where your living.
#CMFarang on Apr 11, 2018 :
That's right. Everything in the Philippines is bad. The only country worth visiting in the world is Thailand. I have a nice condo in Chang Mai. You can live there for free with free utilities. How's that for a deal?
#Mickey Riwan on Apr 06, 2018 :
Cebuanos are a joke. Easily the rudest filipinos in the country. I spent time here and they absolutely hate foreigners. Be careful around them but have a good time.
#JACK on Mar 28, 2018 :
I have to agree with kyle, they even have to lie with age with you. what a joke! this country has bad culture .
#Kyle on Mar 17, 2018 :
currently, I am visiting in Cebu. I learned few things:
1. people are not truly friendly in this culture. fake and back stubbing you.
2. liars, liars, and liars!!! Locals have no self-respect as a professional should.

I am from NYC, and I will ensure I will educate people from the USA. be aware of liars. Can't trust people work for you, and can't trust real estate agents. All are liars. From respecting them to really look them down now.
#Rick Ellis on Feb 12, 2018 :
I'm talking to a girl that lives in lapu lapu she says everything is expensive there is this tru?
#Wayne on Dec 16, 2017 :
You can not own land or a house in The Philippines . But you can own a condo .
#James on Dec 16, 2017 :
Cebu is a great place to visit , live or retire. The cost of living is cheap compaired to the western world. There are parts of the city that are not safe. But you can avoid them. The people are friendly . You can find that most speak English . They have a rich culture.
#L Garcia on Nov 26, 2017 :
Hi, I'm not from Cebu but I would like to practice my profession there as a licensed real estate broker. I am regulated by the PRC (professional regulation commission). So, I am licensed to broker properties with developers and private owners anywhere in the Philippines. If ever you need help figuring out what property to buy, contact me for advice and assistance. I would be able to discuss to you and assist you on what you need to know ( the pros and cons) in buying property as a foreigner. You may not know me but I can show you my license and that it is authentic, and that I am a professional duly licensed who will help you because it is my job. email me: luisdgarcia.realestate@gmail.com
#Anonymous on Oct 02, 2017 :
To XPAT...Traveler50yrs

Not sure which part of the globe you came from mate. The way you describe the Philippines or perhaps you are referring to Cebu in particular is pathetic. It inly shows that you are not a traveler and lacks proper education. I suppose you came from the "underworld" and not from a civilized, peace loving world!!!!
#Leonardo Martinez on May 14, 2017 :
Very well put, Jack Orthman. With respectful understanding of people and surroundings will take you many Smiles!
#XPAT..Traveler50yrs on May 03, 2017 :
When you come to the Philippines ..Trust no one...believe no one....keep you hands on your pockets..do not look like you have money...don't ask for any help from one because no one cares about you or anything...also don't get sick here and don't call police for anything again no one cares..if your from a 3rd world country or running away for a place to hide this is a good place..your on your own here...no matter where you live..IT Park OR Ayala,Busay, Maria Luisa,dirty streets and poor people, and ...NO NICE BEACHES.....just a poor country...in or around the city you have squatters and bad areas...if you live here or stay any amount of time be sure it has armed guards..NOT A JOKE...if you can Take care of yourself..Hells Angels Biker Type..you will have no problem..enjoy Cebu and the Philipplines.....If your a Foreigner Here Your a Target
#robert on Feb 10, 2017 :
if you want to compare housing you need to tell size ... example 3 bedroom 2 bath apartment 55 sq meters ???? and most apartments come stripped
#Scott on Feb 05, 2017 :
im looking at these numbers and some do not add up. ive never had an electric bill under 6,00" peso in the entire almost 4 years ive been in the philippines, i have two aircons with ac running 12 hours a day on average afternoon through 4am throughout the week but in the summer wow it could run 24/7 with some of the city heat. in cebu i average 8,900 normally in the summer closer to 11k. in manila in a 40m apartment i averaged around 6,000 with my highest being 9000 in the summer. water anywhere from 100 to 400 peso. i have lived in both manila and cebu long term similar places, manila in costs for me is cheaper but if your a city person. in cebu i feel u need at least a motor bike where as in manila its very easy to figure out public transpo and safe in my opinion on the mrt and lrt. accordibg to this site cebu is 2% more expensive than manila i would go as far to say cebu is closer to 10% more. i think do to more vacationers in cebu some resort areas are very high priced even for locals
#Jack Orthman on Jan 26, 2017 :
Everyone writing bad things about Cebu in the Philippines is not telling the truth. The people in Cebu are very educated. Almost every person you meet speaks enough English to communicate and a high percent of people speak better English that Americans. I have been to Cebu several times and I am always amazed regarding how well I am treated by every person in the country. Sure, there are some bad people in the Philippines and there are millions of bad people in the United States. Some of the things cost more and some cost less, but why would you expect that anything in the Philippines should cost less just because you think the place is a 3rd world country. I am an American and the problem I see with a high percent of Americans is they think they are better than people in other countries. Trust me! As far as education goes the Filipinos are much more educated than most Americans because they take education much more seriously so they can have a better life. If Americans are going to travel to the Philippines for sex and flaunt their money in the natives faces then I have no problem with the women taking what they can. Those same fools that get scammed in the Philippines are the same fools who get scammed in the United States. I find that if you treat the Filipinos with respect they are very humble, very hard workers, very educated and you will they are very loyal. Of course, for American scumbags who look for trouble it is no harder to find and I am sure you went to the Philippines because you have problems at home, in the first place.
#josh on Jan 10, 2017 :
Most of the highest price rates are not even close, I have never had less then 8,000peso electric bill, and that is just bedroom new aircon. If you want to live decent in Cebu you need $2,000 a month to live on if you want to live normal, as the things we westerns like and comfort do cost more, sometimes more than the states.
#vitek on Jan 10, 2017 :
my house 30000, electric 15000 , subdivision monthly 5000 , food rostan every 2 days 6000 , restaurants , coffee shops , disco 30000 to 40000, helper 7000, cigarettes 5600 . gasoline i dont know , visa extension 5000 every 2 months.
#Aking9999 on Dec 21, 2016 :
Can anyone tell me the average cost of leasing a small farm for Vegetable growing, rearing pigs and chickens.

I am trying to work out a rule of thumb
#Athena on Sep 30, 2016 :
I am just a fresh graduate, but already dreaming big. I want to start reserving money for a lot in Cebu. Can anyone recommend me the most affordable lot being sold? I want to live independently and pursue my dreams to become successful and well- off.
#Ed too... on Sep 06, 2016 :
Labangon street side property can get pricy. V. Rama, Katipunan, Tres De Abril, all major routes are overpriced. P10k-P25k per sqm. Look at it from the perspective of a ROI. Is it an investment? If so how many in the market will be able to buy it from you. And more importan beware the capital gains, etc etc. Been there done that ( in Labangon), Its expensive.
#Ed on Aug 10, 2016 :
How much is the price of lot per square meter in Lanbangon cebu city particularly near the road?
#Anonymous on Aug 03, 2016 :
To Mike David,

Please stop making false statements regarding your business proposal, for there was never one! We don't accommodate your kind here in Cebu and globally. We don't tolerate opportunist such as you. Do you know the word "scam"? That is you, a scammer. Get lost and live these poor people alone. Get a job.
#mad allen on Jun 21, 2016 :
The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the beheading of a Canadian hostage kidnapped by Islamist militants in the Philippines.
John Ridsdel, 68, was taken from a tourist resort with three others by the Abu Sayyaf group in September 2015.
In November, the Islamist militants released a video showing Mr Ridsdel and three other captives, and demanded a ransom of $80m (£55m).
Mr Trudeau called his death "an act of cold-blooded murder".
A Philippines army spokesman said Mr Ridsdel's severed head was found on the remote island of Jolo, hours after the Abu Sayyaf ransom deadline expired.
#Rochel Benigay on Jun 03, 2016 :
Places to Live and Retire in the World – Cebu, Philippines
http://www.lerumba.com/RealEstate/places-to-live-and-retire-in-the-world-cebu-philippines-article-51.aspx#.V1Fvrb6qGIQ
#Jerry on Apr 22, 2016 :
Very expensive there,with 2000 Us$ you very low life there,count of course for the city only.
Better chose other place in Ph,all is overpriced and too far expensive in cebu city and everybody will rip you off there.
And everybody expect a lot of moeny from you(you pay the double for the half),even Manila is far cheaper.
My advice go Bacolod,Iloilo,Dumaguete,Tagaytay,Baguio,Angeles or Subic Area for retire ,you will spare a lot of money.Also for investment much better,condo prices half a price the other areas.
#Joy on Apr 17, 2016 :
Dieter,
My sister bought some land in Philippines. She had a hard time saying it belongs to her then my mom went there and threatened them. They finally backed off.
#Bill D on Mar 18, 2016 :
I just spent 3 months living in Lapu-lapu. I lived on about $900 US dollars a month. I ate out twice a day and got a hour long massage about every third day. 8200 pesos for a brand new studio apartment, electric 850 pesos ( maybe 15 to 20 hours aircon a month) water 40 pesos visa 3000 pesos I then gave myself 1000 pesos a day for food, entertainment, misc. Internet was free at the apartment. 500 pesos phone load lasts two months.
#NOQRTR on Sep 13, 2015 :
CEBU International Airport harassing tourist... CEBU Airport NOT SAVE FOR BACKPACKERS... Apparently the staff including the airport manager are on a crusade to pay back to western tourist for what xenophobic western officials are doing to Filipinos traveling abroad... Apparently sex tourist are warmly welcomed as they bring the money... AVOID CEBU as entry point... there have been several cases of deportation of Americans, Europeans and Australians back to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. The Philippine government is well informed about the occurrences but has not moved a finger. Good luck with the paedophiles and the sex tourist! You will need it...
##andyjay on Sep 09, 2015 :
Hi.everyone.Iive got 1bedroom condo unit(53sq.meters)two balconies.with own garage. I.T park(cebu business park)fully furnished with appliances.@40k(including monthly dues.)..direct to owner..emai me if you are interested and more info
.@ ag_gourmet@yahoo.com. thanks
#Mark Acosta on Jul 18, 2015 :
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#Yella Fella on Jul 11, 2015 :
After reading Jude Steven's blog (April 21)I have now found my pet Wombat's relation. Hi Jude my pet Wombat is just like you he eats, roots and leaves. His name is Shitbag.
#Sci on Jun 09, 2015 :
I have been coming to the PH for the past 10 years and have had my share of good and bad times too. In 2014, I moved to Cebu to live on my SS fund at $1400 per month. For myself, I can manage however, I make most all of my meals at home. When I first got here, I met a Pilipina from the internet (mistake) as she and an accomplice turned out to be scammers/gold diggers when they skillfully, her and her BF (she referred to as "cousin") kept pressuring me into purchasing a house and land. They kept saying: "You get nowhere renting." ~Really??? I lived in the US for 40+ yrs, married twice, bought 3 houses and I didn't know that! LOL!! But no foreigner - no matter what - CANNOT own land here in the Phils; at least not more than 40% -if you form a corporation. You can certainly buy - or shell-out the money for property - but the property has to be in a Pilipino's name. I don't operate well under pressure and ignored their pleas for the most part and within 3 weeks, I caught them together in the shower, so out they went with the garbage they were! :-]

This is an issue here as most all Pilipinos will side and adhere to their "fellow people," and very rarely will they be completely loyal to their foreigner partners. As it has been said here before, never trust anyone 100% and keep atop of all affairs -especially where your money is concerned! Also, it is true that the scammers, thieves, ripoffs are here and in abundance but pertaining to my prior sentence, be vigilant, and just use your common sense and act accordingly. Many times you can avoid an unfortunate occurrence but sometimes, they will get you. Once more, it is always best to travel with a Pilipino that you can trust to avoid most of the possible ripoffs and scams. The key here is you have to be able to trust them and that they will be loyal to you!

So on my $1400 SS budget, I can rent a new, 1 bedroom condo (52 sq meters), on the 25th floor, in a very good area of Cebu City (I.T. Park) at P17,000/mo (current exchange rate @$393/mo), unfurnished. Food at the many good quality grocery chains here (Metro, Rustans, SR, etc) around P10,000/mo (current exchange rate @231/mo), however, I buy a lot of organic and unprocessed foods though. Electric with A/C on "frugal/conservative temps" (81-83 F), new LG Ref, new Yamaha A/V Receiver and Samsung TV, new LG Washing Machine, Laptop Computer, new Phillips Induction Cooktop, Florescent lights, around P2,000-2,500/mo (current exchange rate @$46.30/mo - $58/mo). If my unit was furnished, it would run easily, P1,000-4,000 more per month (current exchange rate @$23/mo - $93/MO)! Add that up and it is cheaper to purchase your own energy efficient appliances and goods. Water is around P700/mo ($16/mo). Internet, which isn't slow, relatively fast and runs usually at 3G and 4G at P1,000/mo (current exchange rate @$24/mo). You won't find internet in the US for that great of a price!

I gave up internet dating and am currently taking my time to locate a "GOOD" "LOYAL," TRUSTWORTHY," Pilipina and it is hard because, many of them want to take you, an older man for your money and for acquiring their material trophies! ;-) But in all honesty, it is no different from any other 3rd world country in reality.
#Muhe on May 14, 2015 :
Hay there
Am planning to live in Cebu for a year or 2 I wanna know how much a condo rent would cost IN CITY CENTER 1 bedroomor studio plz not to ignore me as I need this info
#Peter on May 14, 2015 :
Just read that post about it all being that bad in cebu. I can not really agree on that. ...
#Bill on May 05, 2015 :
I lived in Cebu for over a year now. Sad to say, they try to scam you at every opportunity. My money was stolen, my phone has been snatched. After renting an apartment I was unable to get the 2 months deposit back. They knew I was leaving the country and not able to fight it. Cost of living is not as cheap as it seems, unless you want to eat at Shakey's or Jollibee every day. A well prepared meal with decent ingredients is impossible to find. It's simply not there. There very very few restaurants that I'd consider mid-range in my country. The ones I could find are even more expensive than at home, absolutely ridiculous.

Then there are the hordes of sleazy western guys walking around with their prostitutes. I don't know why they think any normal girl would be interested in some overweight fourty year old sex tourist. There is plenty of young, fresh guys here for them to choose from, so the only thing they catch are prostitutes and STDs.

The temperature is nice year round, however be aware of the typhoons which can get you stuck on the island. Also heavy rains and flooding are common, and the occasional earthquake.
#Jude Steven on Apr 21, 2015 :
I plan to live in the Phillipines with a Filipino woman. I'm looking for a mistress and not a wife. I will screw her every night and get her pregnant with many children.
#skype-billypatrick2010 on Apr 12, 2015 :
I read most of all these blogs. I wanted to move and live in Cebu. And now. I think that would be the biggest mistake to make. I thought Cebu was better to live there then manila. Can someone set it straight. Good or no Good Thanks Billypatrick
#Mrs James Griffith on Mar 05, 2015 :
Hello,
We are looking for a housekeeper. We live in California.USA. I am wondering if there is a Philipina in Cebu who has a Passport/Visa or can obtain one, who would like to to work in the US.
If you are interested in this job E-mail me for more information.
Thank you.
#Daku on Feb 14, 2015 :
@will
i have lived 5 years long in cebu city,i know what i talking.
And business not a good idea there too,especial programming and internet business,the whole dsl internet connections are a joke there,you cannot compare that to thailand.At least cambodia have better lines,just a warning for people dont invest there,if you do internet,call centers or programming,they will get your money thats the only reason they are friendly to you and never hire workers there,the 90% of people there are to lazy to work and waiting for steal to you.
Also the condo business is a big rip off there,any condo there is not worth the quarter of that,what is annonced,saw a lot are broke after the last quake.Dont be stupid and but any shit there.
Any business you try to invest,the pinoys in cebu just wait to rip you off there like the mafia,you complain they shot you patay(dead) and mana(finished) is it,nobody take dare about it. You be warned,at least manila is a safe place against things what happend in cebu and around.
#Cebuano on Feb 13, 2015 :
Hi all,

I'm from Cebu with a wife and a 1yr old daughter currently earning around 80K/month net (Gross around 115K/month). I'm currently being interviewed for a role and I'm contemplating if I should accept it if it pushes through. I'm asking around 120K/month net (175K/month gross) - is that a good deal?

Although 80K/month in Cebu is good, one thing I'm considering is the career opportunities in MNL compared to Cebu. I'm still 31 and moving to Manila means earning more in the next years to come as opposed to the opportunities getting higher pay in Cebu. You don't get much opportunities with that salary.

Do you have any thoughts on this? Is it:
1. Ask for more? or
2. Just stay in Cebu since 80K/month net in Cebu is ok already?

Your thoughts will be appreciated.

Thanks!
#Daniel Koof on Jan 10, 2015 :
I'm in Cebu right now for the Mardi Gras, pretty excited for the biggest mardi gras in Asia. However, hotel reservation is almost impossible! not because of price but because all hotels are now overbooked. We have managed to find a place to stay but it's outside city, a 30-minute ride from the center of Cebu where the street party will be held. Quite far probably $3 USD on taxi but still worth it, we're fronting an inexpensive white beach in this accommodation, with an infinity pool!

This is our 2nd time for the sinulog festival and we're excited to join the street party once again. It's an adventure of course, since you will need to be in the crowd of around 2 million people in the city that day. Cebu is awesome. Awesome food and very good people. I can compare it very well to Manila, where every people has his own life to mind, people here are honest and fun to be with.
#Will Alison on Jan 10, 2015 :
@Daku - totally not true. Cebu is known for its famous beaches, rich night life, history and good people. I doubt that you've ever gone to the place, since you've never mentioned about Fuente where the night life and destinations are. If yes, you might have gone to the province since you've mentioned there's no entertainment. I'm writing this to those who are planning to live and invest in Cebu for outsourcing.

I'm a Canadian and I have invested in Cebu for my online tech business. Bought a house outside the city with a beach front. There are of course plenty of beaches in Cebu, in fact that's what makes them very popular.

It's not "impossible to live in Cebu with under $2k". But if you want to live in the city for good, a decent salary in order to survive would be $1000 USD per month. The high cost of living is because Cebu is the 2nd biggest city in this country, which is by far better than either Manila or Davao in terms of overall satisfaction.

I am not sure where you're seeing cockroaches and just pickpockets or hookers. But every major city in Asia has them (I travel to over 12 countries already and trust me, I can tell the difference). I hire tech people, programmers and assistants from Cebu, which helped me grow my business hands-off. I always make sure that they're well paid, since they deserve it. Cebuanos are highly educated in my opinion, more than people in Manila (the capital) and the cost of living is lower, which means you can pay professionals around $500 - $2000 per month and they'll be alright ($2000 is by far a large sum for any Cebuano or Filo but I'm talking about high end programmers here).

When I say professional I mean really professional, not just certified. They're natural English speakers so the BPO industry is booming as the largest, and you can hire programmers who can do a lot for you in a month for $2000. This may seem like a lot, but if you're running a business, this is by far the best investment you have.

The caveat though is that people in Cebu can be very sensitive. This is probably because of their catholic background and the upbringing. Although they can adjust to the American culture and can work with you attitude, you MUST NEVER insult a Cebuano in a personal level or else you'll never gain back their full trust. They usually are very humble, which can be mistaken as intimidation, but they are very confident people but they tend to show their warm attitude through humility.

If you own a huge company, outsourcing in the Philippines can be easy but you may encounter a lot of bureaucracy in that matter. The government in the Philipinnes can be very corrupt! So you need to have a lot of money in hand for building rents and all that, so establishing a company can cost you almost the same amount in the US but you will get even in terms of the salary you pay your people.
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